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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

As nice as the place was it is completely self service. Which means bring your own breakfast things as the closest store is not within walking distance.
A car is a must!
It is 30minutes drive from Hilo.
There is a small fridge with a freezer compartment. A coffee machine, toaster and a microwave. Outside there is a propane grill but seeing as it always rains not sure if you could rely on grilling!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled on business
Thank Basma86
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

We had a bungalow all to ourselves. Beautiful views. Our own lanai with our own grill. A great kitchenette we used frequently. The room is quite large. The bathroom was perfect. The bed was super comfortable. So much so, that we pulled up the sheets to see who made it (tempur-pedic), because we'll likely get one too.
The staff was very helpful and polite.
You enter the property through a secure gate. I don't know if you really need it secured excepted from curious tourist. We were enjoying a few relaxing moments at the gazebo when we spied whales. What a treat! We also enjoyed the hot tub.
The only real drawback of the resort, was the location. It's about a 20 minute drive from downtown Hilo. Not a big deal for most, but we were there to see family in town. Not really a vacation trip for us. We were unable to find a decent room in town. So many of the Hilo hotels are really run down. Lai Nani is quite new and lovely.
To find it, go to mile marker 16 on the "belt" road heading North of Hilo. The entrance to a frontage road is right there, ocean side. Pull into the community frontage road, turn left. It's the third property. Blue gate with "Lai Nani" on top.

Room Tip: I'd suggest bungalow 1 or 2. While 3 was awesome, the other two are much closer to the water.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank CeliacTraveler57
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

Everything about Lai Nani was amazing. If you want time away from the hustle & bustle, this is where you need to go. I watched the sun rise every morning, enjoying a cup of coffee in the gazebo! Outdoor grill, heated pool, Jacuzzi, private, private, private! It was a perfect way to end our trip to the Hawaiian Islands!

Room Tip: There are only 3 bungalows there, so there's a great view from everywhere!
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LizzyFan
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Our family stayed few nights in one of Lai Nani's bungalows and I must say this was closest to a paradise I have experienced so far. Many times we even had the pool all to ourselves.

The kitchen in the bungalow is tiny but you can bbq in the area in front of the bungalow.

The nature is so near! We could see humpback whales swimming by and hear then in the evening when gazing stars outside. Peaceful and lovely place that I can't recommend enough!

Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
Thank cinna665
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

We went to Hawaii 2 weeks ago for our honeymoon, and our first stop was at Big Island. We stayed at Lai Nani for 5 days 4 nights, and it was one of our most enjoyable stays.

The place is run and managed by Cory and his team. They did a fantastic job in keeping the place neat and tidy. Every morning we would see them doing gardening and cleaning the estate! Great dedication from the team.

There are three bungalows in the estate for stay, and ours was nearest to the ocean. It was really great. We would wake up and walk out to the yard and we would see the ocean. There's even a common pavilion right at the end of the backyard which has the best spot to chill and admire the view. It was breathtaking. Cory mentioned that during whale season, they would even come very near to the estate!

The estate also has a pool, jacuzzi and bar area for people to enjoy. The pool is sonar powered so in the night, the water still remains warm which is fantastic. And at the bar by the pool, there's a cable to link up to phones for music. And the best part is that the speakers are also linked to the pavillion and the surrounding pool area! We were just so wow-ed by all the fine details and planning that went into this place to make guests truly enjoy their stay.

The bungalow was also very cosy, with a king size bed, mini kitchenette pantry (including a fridge and coffee maker), toilet, wardrobe area and sofa seating. It was really spacious and very inviting! The decorations all around were very "hawaiian".

We were allowed to park at the estate (free parking) during our stay. The location is good, it is secluded but yet near enough the city/ Hilo area - around 15 minutes drive. There's a scenic point, "Pepeekeo", near here. We highly recommend it! It's 4km longer but the scenic view of the sea was amazing, and there's a little hiking route you can take that can be done in 10 minutes and brings you down to the bottom of the cliff.

There's also a famous and highly recommended zipline just right across the estate, around 3 minutes drive. Our only regret is that we didn't book in advance and didn't manage to get any slot on our last few days there.

Overall a great location, and a beautiful stay. A great place for honeymooners like us and couples especially!

Room Tip: Request for the bungalow nearest to the sea
  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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